Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers: The Dangers of ATVs

A fatal ATV accident involving a car and an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) took place last month in Frederick County when the driver of the ATV allegedly crossed the center line and hit the passenger vehicle head on. The passenger of the ATV was pronounced fatally injured at the scene, and the ATV driver was taken to shock trauma with serious injuries. The passengers of the other car, a 45-year-old woman and her 12-year-old son, were taken to the hospital, but for relatively minor injuries. The investigation is ongoing, but it shines a light on the dangers of ATVs.

For many, ATVs are thought of as recreational vehicles that are used by thrill-seeking people who are looking for a fun, off-road adventure. Unfortunately, too many people hop on to an ATV without learning how to properly handle the machine, or what to do if something goes terribly wrong. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the following are some of the hidden dangers of ATVs:

  • Every year, approximately 135,000 people are injured in ATV accidents.
  • More than 700 people are fatally injured in ATV accidents annually.
  • Close to one third of the people killed each year in ATV accidents are under the age of 16.
  • Many ATV accidents could have been avoided if drivers followed proper safety protocols.

In most cases, the negligence of the driver causes an ATV accident, including drunk driving, speeding, and reckless hill climbing. Other times, exceeding the capacity of the ATV can cause a wreck. Most ATVS are designed to carry one passenger, and when two or more passengers are on the vehicle while it is operating, it can throw the ATV off balance causing one or more of the passengers to be thrown from the vehicle. ATVs can also be extremely dangerous if the vehicle has been installed with a defective part, including tires, throttle, clutch, shifter, gas tank, or fender.

ATVs can be a great way to experience the outdoors and satisfy the thrill seeker in you, as long as safety is always a priority. Always wear the appropriate safety gear and obey the laws that have been put in place to protect you and those around you.

Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims Injured in ATV Accidents

If you or a loved one has been injured in an ATV accident due to the negligence of another person, you may be eligible for financial compensation. The dedicated Baltimore personal injury lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton will protect your rights and ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable for their actions. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.

Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent victims of negligence throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.